4.04.2006

Church vs. 24 Hour Fitnesss

Exercise Better Than Prayer

from Sploid

Caught off guard by proof that Jesus hates prayer, the religious community tried turning the tables by dragging out old data that showed attending religious services regularly can extend life expectancy.

The "new" study released by Daniel Hall, a resident in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is actually a compilation of data from old studies.

The survey compared the effects of exercise, faith and medical treatments. Nothing proved better for people than exercise, extending life by 3 to 5 years. Next was medical science at 2.1 to 3.7 years. Last and least was religious observance at 1.8 to 3.1 years.

"The significance of this finding may prove to be controversial," Hall said. "But at the very least, it shows that further research into the associations between religion and health might have implications for medical practice."

Not only was exercise found to be the most effective way to extend your life, it was the least expensive. Hall estimates that a regular exercise regimen costs about $4,000 annually. Medical therapy and faith cost $10,000 and $7,000 respectively.

The only controversy should be over why people spend time in church instead of the gym.

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